NCWLIFE Evening News August 2, 2019


Good evening and welcome to the NCWLIFE Evening News. I’m Grant Olson. Before we get to today’s top news stories, let’s take a quick look outside our weather window:

And now, a few of the stories we’re following for you tonight, Once again, a suspect in Grant County found out the hard way about the power of a police dog. Above normal significant large fire potential is expected in our area in August and September, and, The Wenatchee Valley welcomes the United States Figure Skating Showcase Championships, which are going on all weekend long at the Town Toyota Center.  

But first, we begin tonight. . .

Smoke from a fire near Mansfield forced the closure of Highway 172 for more than an hour Thursday night. The fire, about eight miles east of Mansfield, burned about 150 acres of wheat, wheat stubble and sagebrush before crews were able to get it under control.

The fire was at Road 13 Northeast and Road M Northeast. It took just over two hours from the report of the fire before firefighters had it contained. By 8 last night, crews from Douglas County Fire district’s 5 and 3 were doing mop-up work.

Once again, a suspect in Grant County found out the hard way about the power of a police dog. This time, the owner of a stolen car spotted his vehicle near Winchester on Thursday. As sheriff’s deputies arrived, the suspect, 28-year-old Joshua D. Avalos, ran into a random house and refused to come out of a storage area, the sheriff’s office reported.

Deputies sent in K9 Chewbacca to persuade him otherwise. Chewy bit Avalos in the forearm after finding him hiding behind mattresses, then latched onto his shoulder and held him for arrest.

Above normal significant large fire potential is expected along the east slopes of the North Cascades, the Wenatchee Valley, the Columbia Basin and the Palouse in Eastern Washington in August and September. That’s the latest from the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. Outlooks for August suggest warmer than average conditions for much of the Western United States, particularly the Pacific Northwest. Long-term drought continues to expand in Western Washington, northern Washington along the Canadian border, and northwestern Oregon.

The Wenatchee Valley welcomes the United States Figure Skating Showcase Championships, which are going on all weekend long at the Town Toyota Center, here’s more. . .

Coming up next, Various bridge inspection projects around Chelan County next week may impact travel, we will tell you where. As the Gorge Amphitheater prepares to host one of its biggest events of the year, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office has some friendly advice for concert-goers, and, we will let you know what’s going on around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. I’m Grant Olson and you’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News.

Welcome back, and in other news. . .

A heads up tonight that various bridge inspection projects around Chelan County next week may impact travel. While inspections are underway, traffic will be reduced to one lane on the impacted bridges, with flaggers directing traffic. Minor traffic delays are expected.

Travelers are asked to find alternate routes during the bridge inspections. On Monday inspections will begin at the Chiwawa River Bridge, Tuesday the inspections move to both the Dryden Bridge and the Sleepy Hollow Bridge, on Wednesday both bridges over Entiat River Road will be inspected and fionally on Thursday, workers will be looking at the Chelan Falls 2 Bridge. All of the inspections will take place in the morning hours.

As the Gorge Amphitheater prepares to host one of its biggest events of the year, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office has some friendly advice for concert-goers.

Most of it involves making common-sense choices as tens of thousands of people descend on the site for Watershed, a three-day country musical festival that starts Friday. With temperatures expected to be in the 90s, staying hydrated is vital, the department warned. In addition, people are advised to avoid taking drinks or drugs from strangers and to let security know if you see any sketchy behavior.

The sheriff’s office also has a Gorge Alert app this year that deputies can use to advise concertgoers if there are any safety issues.

Time now to find out what’s happening around the valley for you to enjoy this weekend. . .

You’re watching the NCWLIFE Evening News. Coming up next, tonight’s feature story and your complete local weather forecast. That and much more still to come on the NCWLIFE Evening News, stay with us.

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In tonight’s feature story, one of two tax measures on the primary ballot this year is Proposition 1, a sales tax increase in Chelan and Douglas counties for Link Transit. NCWLIFE’s Kaitlin Hetterscheidt has more. . .

And that is a look at your local weather forecast, coming up next, tonight’s sports report with Eric Granstrom and more as the NCWLIFE Evening News continues right after this.

As the season winds down for the Wenatchee AppleSox, one thing has become very clear…every game from here on out is huge.  Wenatchee begins a three game series with the Yakima Valley Pippins tonight at Paul Thomas, Sr. Stadium…

While Victoria continues to win, the task for Wenatchee is to secure the next-best record in the North Division of the West Coast League in order to make the playoffs for the first time since 2013.  To do that, they’ll have to take the final three series of the season beginning this weekend with Yakima Valley in town.

The last time Wenatchee and Yakima Valley met back in June, the Pippins swept the three-game series winning 4-1, 8-3 and 4-2.  This was also the second series of the season for the AppleSox when defense was a liability.  Wenatchee committed six errors and four of Yakima Valley’s runs were unearned.

Jake Saum will take the ball for Coach Kyle Krustangel tonight.  He’s 3-and-1 with a 3.37 ERA.  The Pippins have not announced their starter for the 6:35 game.

Taking a look at the Les Schwab Scoreboard in West Coast League play last night…

Matt Clayton’s 2-run home run highlighted a 6-run 8th inning as Victoria erased a 3-1 deficit for a 7-3 win over Cowlitz.  Nate Pacota was also 2-for-4 for the HarbourCats with a home run.

Ridgefield got home runs from Michael Hicks and Dusty Garcia while Johnny Weaver and Grayson Sterling each had three hits as the Raptors feasted on Bellingham pitching in a 9-3 victory.

Jake Fischer’s walk-off, RBI-single concluded a wild 9th inning in Kelowna as the Falcons defeated Port Angeles 7-6.  The Lefties score four runs in the top of the 9th to take a 6-2 lead, thanks in part to two, bases-loaded walks.  But then Kelowna came back in the bottom half of the frame.  After a sacrifice fly to make it 6-3, Brandon Hupe tied the game on a 3-run double that set up Fischer’s heroics.

Here’s the updated standings in the West Coast League’s North Division…

Wenatchee now trails Victoria by a full game after the HarbourCats win last night.  Port Angeles is still within distance at 10-and-8, 3-games back.  The chances for everyone else in the second-half division race are growing thin.

The target again for Wenatchee is probably going to be the best overall record behind Victoria in the division.  The AppleSox still lead Bellingham by a game-and-a-half in that regard.  Port Angeles is 3-and-a-half games back.  Wenatchee’s opponent this weekend, Yakima Valley, is still technically alive at 19-and-26, 5-games behind the ‘Sox.

And don’t forget that we’ll have game 2 of the three-game series between Wenatchee and Yakima Valley tomorrow here on the NCWLIFE Channel.  The pregame starts at 6:15 with the first pitch at 6:35.

The Mariners start a three-game series in Houston tonight…

The Astros have the second-best record in baseball behind the Dodgers at 70-and-40.  They’re running away with the American League West, leading Oakland by 8-games. 

Seattle, meanwhile, has the 6th-worst record in the American League at 47-and-64 as the rebuild continues.  Yusei Kikuch will get the start for the Mariners while Wade Miley goes for Houston.  First pitch tonight is at 5:10 at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros are coming in after taking two of three in Cleveland…

Garrett Cole went 7-innings, allowing 1-run on 4-hits to earn his 13th win of the season.  George Springer and Alex Bregman each went yard for the Astros in the 7-1 win.

Matt Chapman’s 2-run home run highlighted a 3-run 8th inning as Oakland came from behind to beat Milwaukee 5-3. 

Russell Wilson missed practice today for only the second time in his career to attend the funeral of his grandfather in Norfolk, Virginia.  While his team’s thoughts and prayers were with Wilson and his family, it gave backup quarterbacks Paxton Lynch and Geno Smith a chance for considerable work with the first team. 

Lynch says he’s benefited a great deal from being around a guy like Russell Wilson…

Smith has bounced around the NFL after being drafted by the New York Giants.  He says the battle for the backup role is no different than preparing as if you’re starting…

Seattle host Denver next Thursday at CenturyLink Field.  The Broncos are 1-and-oh after a 14-10 win over Atlanta in the Hall of Fame game last night. 

Coming up on the sports schedule for the weekend…

The United State Figure Skating Club’s 2019 National Showcase is taking place at the Town Toyota Center.  It began yesterday and runs through Sunday.

The Eastern Washington NIT Softball Tournament runs tomorrow and Sunday at Walla Walla Point Park. 

The Chelan Junior Rodeo is also Saturday and Sunday up at the Chelan Rodeo Grounds.

And the a World Series Roping event is this weekend at Appleatchee.

Thanks Eric. Recapping tonight’s top story. . .

And that’s going to do it for our newscast tonight. For more on these stories and other news from around North Central Washington, you can find us on Facebook or our website at And, remember, if you see news happening we’d like to hear from you.  You can send us an email at, or give us a call 888-NCWL (6295). Also, keep it right here on the NCWLIFE Channel Monday morning for Wake Up Wenatchee Valley with host Dan Kuntz. I’m Grant Olson, thanks for joining us and have a great weekend.